Posted by: crustynomad | March 5, 2009

Don’t blame all football’s problems on the English game Sepp!

Now, will Sepp Blatter listen to reason?

Now, will Sepp Blatter listen to reason?

Yesterday I read a great article from Martin Samuel, a journalist with the Daily Mail. In his piece he challenges Sepp Blatter‘s view that everything bad in football these days can be traced back to the English Premier League.

As I read the article I found myself  saying ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ all the way through and not in homage to Meg Ryan in ‘When Harry Met Sally’. It’s about time this topic was discussed – he dug into the facts and presented them eloquently which leaves little room for argument.

Blatter needs to be sat down and forced to read this article then not allowed to leave the table before he admits that you can’t solely use the English game as being all that is bad in football. He simply cannot make such rash genaralisations though I have to admit I’m not surprised. He and Michel Platini have such venom towards the Premier League it’s just sickening. Jealousy perhaps?

True, we do have problems in the game here in terms of bringing English players through, but the English League and the country as a whole are ivery unusual country in their make up. We have Great Britain and the United Kingdom but the four countries have their own identity too. Even though the Republic of Ireland is a separate entity, many of its stars cannot help be part of the British sporting system either to some extent.

We were late to international transfers and foreign managers and scandals were far more prevalent elsewhere than here for many years. I remember the surprise of Josef Venglos being appointed manager at Aston Villa and that was as recent as 1990. We also haven’t gone down the naturalisation of foreigners path like some and I don’t believe we ever should.

Cheers Martin. Let’s hope that we can get a more balanced view of this subject from UEFA and FIFA in future though I’m afraid I’m not holding my breath.



  1. Good blog mate! But I have to agree with Sepp. The English game has gone away from many things that have made football the way it is. Local players for one. The EPL has so many foreign players it’s not even funny.

    Plus there is little loyalty left in the game because of all the wealthy owners in England, players have become whores (take Robinho taking the money over the good football) rather the loyalty that we still see in Italy and Spain. Del Piero, Nedved, Maldini, Messi, Raul, and Cassilas are all perfect examples.

    Just my opinion.

  2. Thanks for the comment.

    There is much I despise about the EPL but I just wanted to reiterate that the excesses of the game isn’t all down to us. Maybe we watched what was happening in Italy and Spain and then gorged on it once the Sky money came rolling in.

    True football in this country died with advent of the Premier League I feel – I’d much rather watch games from the 70s and 80s but alas those days will never come again.

  3. Blatter’s got a nerve pointing the finger at English football. There’s certainly a lot wrong with the Premier League but Fifa are rotten to the core, plus they’re responsible for taking the glorious competition that is the World Cup and turning it into an unappealing cash cow – 32 teams indeed!

    Having said that, I too wish for a return to simpler times, when unfashionable smaller clubs could mount a legitimate challenge for the title – the 70s and 80s saw QPR, Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Watford, Swansea and even West Ham challenging Liverpool for the championship. Of course hardly any succeeded and soon disappeared back into the pack but at least they had a go, which would never happen, or rather would never be allowed to happen today.

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